Cultural Connections in London

The following sites of interest are all in or around London and the City of London.

Other areas of interest include :

 

All Hallows by the Tower Church

Photo of the All Hallows by the Tower Church with blue steeple and red London phoneboxes alongside it
All Hallows by the Tower Church (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Located near the Tower of London, All Hallows is the oldest Church in the City of London, and consequently has a number of ties to the United States.

William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania was both baptized and educated here and President John Quincy Adams was married in the Church in 1797. More details can be obtained from their website.

Address:
All Hallows by the Tower
Byward Street
London EC3R 5BJ

American Church in London, Whitefield Memorial Church

The American Church in London
American Church in London, Whitefield Memorial Church (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Churches of American heritage have been present in London since the beginning of World War Two.

This church, comprised mainly of visitors to London, welcomes over twenty denominations and is named after Evangelist George Whitefield.

Whitefield made seven visits to the United States and was the most influential preacher during the religious revivals in colonial America known as the First Great Awakening.

Address:
79a Tottenham Court Road
London W1T 4TD

 

American Memorial Chapel in Apse of St. Paul’s Cathedral and Roll of Honor

The American Memorial Chapel located in magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral was built following WWII to memorialize those Americans who gave their lives during the War.

The names of those soldiers are listed in the Roll of Honor found behind the high altar.
For more information about the Cathedral please see St. Paul’s website.

Address:
2 New Change
London, EC4M 9AD

Benjamin Franklin House

The outside of Benjamin Franklin House on Craven Street
Benjamin Franklin House (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Located in central London at 36 Craven Street, Benjamin Franklin’s residence while in London was opened on 17 January 2006, on Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday.

This house, over 300 years old, is the only surviving residence of American statesman Benjamin Franklin in the world.

Franklin was one of the members of the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence and served as the Ambassador to France during the Revolutionary War.
Full details are available on the Benjamin Franklin House website.

Address:
36 Craven Street
London WC2N 5NF

 

Benedict Arnold House

Plaque outside Benedict Arnold House that reads: Major General Benedict Arnold American Patriot resided here from 1796 until his death June 14, 1801
Benedict Arnold House (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Benedict Arnold was one of the most successful generals in the Continental Army before he was found plotting to give away the fort at West Point to the British.

After his traitorous actions were discovered he joined the British Army and then fled to London where he lived at this house.

The plaque outside the house describes Benedict Arnold as an American patriot. He is buried at St. Mary’s Church in Battersea, London.
Address:
62 Gloucester Place
London W1

 

Blackwall Stairs

The stairs are famous for leading to the dock where Captain John Smith left from England to settle Jamestown.
Address:
Blackwall Stairs
Blackwall Way
Yabsley Street
London E14

 

Blue Plaques

English Heritage’s Blue Plaqe scheme celebrates great figures of the past and the buildings that they inhabited. Many Americans such as broadcaster Edward Murrow, author Herman Melville, musician Jimi Hendrix and photographer Lee Miller are commemorated in this way.
Full details are available on English Heritage’s website.

British Library, Eccles Centre for American Studies

The British Library building outside view
British Library, Eccles Center (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Eccles Centre has two broad aims: to promote the British Library’s North American materials, and to support American Studies in schools and universities.

It does not maintain a separate reading room or research facility within the Library.

For further details please see the Eccles Centre’s website.

 

British Museum, North America

The outside of the British Museum
British Museum (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The Museum’s collections represent the arts and history of North America from prehistory to the present day.

The Museums’s Native North America exhibit features six cultures include Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Northwest Coast, Arctic, Southwest as well as Contemporary North America.

Full details are available on the British Museum’s website.

Center for Jazz Arts

In an initiative inspired by the rich history of jazz culture throughout the British music, media, and arts communities, the Center for Jazz Arts has begun the promotion of a dedicated, national, Jazz Appreciation Month celebration intended to annually engage hundreds of local schools, universities, museums, libraries, performing arts centers, broadcasters, and community groups throughout the U.K.

Statue of Captain James Cook

Statue of James Cook
Statue of James Cook (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Captain Cook was a British explorer who traveled throughout the Pacific.

Besides his famed navigational skills, he was also a proficient mapmaker who completed detailed maps of Hawaii and the Pacific West Coast.

He was killed in Hawaii during his third voyage in the Pacific but his maps were used well into the 20th century.

Address:
The Mall
near Admiralty Arch

 

Grosvenor Square

The U.S. Embassy taken from Upper Brook Street
The U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square

Grosvenor Square is one of the hubs of American history in London.
Besides the U.S. Embassy on the West Side of the Square, there are a number of other places of interest including the Old Embassy located at 1 Grosvenor Square, General Eisenhower’s WWII Command Center, John Adams’ old home on corner of Brook and Duke Streets, and statues of Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan.

See also: The American Embassy & Grosvenor Square.

Jimi Hendrix Apartment

Jimi Hendrix Blue Plaque reads 'Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970 Guitarist and Songwriter lived here 1968-1969
Jimi Hendrix Blue Plaque (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Guitarist Jimi Hendrix once lived at this location which is marked by a blue plaque.

Address:
23 Brook Street
Mayfair, London

Bust of President John F. Kennedy

Bust of John F. Kennedy marked with his name and dates 1917-1963
Bust of President John F. Kennedy (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Outside the Station is a bronze bust of President Kennedy in memory of his Presidency.

Address:
Outside Great Portland Street Tube Station
Great Portland Street
London W1

 

International Brigade Monument

International Brigade Monument - people holding one another
International Brigade Monument (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

The International Brigades were collections of men and women from across the world who fought against the Fascists during the Spanish Civil War.

The Abraham Lincoln Brigade was the division of Americans who came to the aid of the Spanish Republic. Historians estimate that about 1,000 Americans died in the Spanish Civil War.

Some notable Americans who fought in Spain include Ernest Hemmingway and Paul Robeson.

Address:
Jubilee Gardens
Waterloo
London SE1

 

Herman Melville House

The residence of American author Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, is marked with a blue plaque.
Address: 25 Craven St, Embankment, London WC2N5

Herman Melville Blue Plaque reads "Herman Melville 1819-1891 Author of Moby Dick lived here in 1849
Herman Melville Blue Plaque (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Museum of London

The museum contains many artifacts and documents illustrating the historical significance of the long-established North American community in London.
Address: Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Outside of the Museum of London
Museum of London (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

National Portrait Gallery

The Gallery includes portraits of many notable Americans including George Washington and Ben Franklin. To see all that the Gallery has to offer please see their website.
Address: St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

The outside front of the National Portrait Gallery with people walking past
The National Portrait Gallery (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Statue of Winston Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt

Prime Minister Churchill and President Roosevelt share a bench on this intersection.
Address: Corner of Grafton Street and New Bond Street, London

St. George’s Church Hanover Square

St George’s is a building and parish that has strong historic links with the United States of America. Many Americans have been married in St George’s, most notably Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. He married Edith Kermit Carow, in the church in December 1886. For more information on connections with the U.S. see their website.

St George's Church Hanover Square
St George’s Church Hanover Square (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church

The Church houses the grave of Captain John Smith, one of the founders of Jamestown, first Governor of Virginia, and also famous for his interactions with American Indian Pocahontas. A stained glass window in the Church, the largest in London, is on the south wall. Please see the Church website for more information.
Address: 10 Giltspur St, London, EC1A 9DE

St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church
St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate Church (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Southern Skirmish Association

Southern Skirmish Association (SOSKAN) is oldest American Civil War re-enactment and living history society in the United Kingdom.
Full details are available on SOSKAN’s website.

Texas Legation

The Texas Legation was the Embassy of the Republic of Texas from 1836-1845. This was the period of time when Texas had split away from Mexico, but had not yet joined the United States. The Republic maintained only three Legations in Paris, Washington D.C., and London. A plaque marks the old location.
Address: 4 St James Street, London SW1A 1EF

Plaque reads " Texas Legation. In this building was the Legation for the Republic of Texas to the Court of St James 1842-1846 erected by the Anglo-Texan Society"
Texas Legation (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Sachem Mahomet Weyonomon Memorial at Southwark Cathedral

The memorial was dedicated on 22 November 2006 in the presence of HM Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke of Edinburgh, Mohegan tribal leaders and U.S. Ambassador Robert H. Tuttle.
Address: Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA

The Sachem Mahomet Weyonomon Memorial at Southwark Cathedral
Sachem Mahomet Weyonomon Memorial (Copyright PAUL FARMER and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence)

Virginia Quay First Settlers Monument

The monument marks where the ships Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery left on their voyage that led to the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent British settlement in North America.
Address: Near East India Dock Basin on Jamestown Way

Virginia Quay First Settlers Monument
Virginia Quay First Settlers Monument (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Southwark (Borough of London)

There are a number of American cultural connections in the London borough of Southwark. Examples include:

  • The Mayflower Inn. In 1611, the historic ship “the Mayflower,” which brought Pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1620, was piloted by Captain Christopher Jones to Rotherhithe and moored the ship nearby the jetty of the inn. The “Mayflower” was periodically anchored here until its historic journey in 1620.
The front of The Mayflower pub
The Mayflower pub (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
  • St. Mary’s Church. There is a blue plaque telling of the sailing of the Mayflower from here in Rotherhithe in 1620. On May 6th. 1621, the ship returned to British shores and thence to her mooring at Rotherhithe. The captain of the ship, Christopher Jones, is buried in St. Mary’s Church.
  • John Harvard. Benefactor of Harvard University was born in Southwark 1607.

Useful websites:

Statue of James McNeill Whistler

This American born painter influenced many leading artists, as well as author Oscar Wilde, around the turn of the 20th century. Whistler is buried in St. Nicholas Church in Chiswick, London on Church Street off the Hogarth Roundabout
Address: Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London SW10

Statue of James McNeill Whistler inscribed with his name and the dates 1834-1905
Statue of James McNeill Whistler (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Wanamaker Memorial

Sam Wanamaker was an American actor and director who initiated the movement to rebuild Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. More information about the memorial can be found at the Southwark Cathedral website.
Address: Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA

Washington Irving House

Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle lived here. The site is marked with a blue plaque.
Address: 8 Argyle St, Soho, London W1

Blue Plaque reads "Washington Irving 1783-1859 American writer lived here
Washington Irving Blue Plaque (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Statue of Abraham Lincoln

A large statue of President Lincoln is located in the square in front of Middlesex Guildhall across from Parliament.
Address: Parliament Square, Northwest Side of Palace of Westminster, London

Statue of Abraham Lincoln
Statue of Abraham Lincoln (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Westminster Abbey

Westminster houses many monuments and sites of interest to travelers.
Some of these include: a Memorial to President Franklin Roosevelt, the Tomb of William Pitt, and a Congressional Medal of Honor on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Please visit the Westminster Abbey website for time of tours and other information.
Address: London, SW1P 3NY

Front of Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Whitechapel Bell Foundry

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry is one of the oldest manufacturing companies in Great Britain and has contributed a number of artifacts to the United States. Both the Liberty Bell and the bells in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. were made at Whitechapel. Visiting information is available on their website.
Address: 32/34 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1DY

Outside front of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Whitechapel Bell Foundry (Copyright Julian Osley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence)

Winfield House

Winfield house is the residence of the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s. It occupies over twelve acres in beautiful Regents Park and has hosted Presidents and other dignitaries. Although the house is not open for visitors it can be viewed from the Park.

More information can be found on our Winfield House page. The house is located in the northwest side of Regents Park

Winfield House from the gardens
Winfield House

Disclaimer
This listing of events, performances and other activities is for information purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the U.S. Embassy. All opinions expressed by the artists, writers, and performers participitating or contributing to the events listed are those solely of the participants and contributors and not of the United States Government or its designated representatives. Listing information is believed to be correct at the time it is listed but the U.S. Embassy accepts no liability for subsequent changes to these details and no reliance should be placed upon them.